Enjoy music, wine at Wine’d Down Thursday

The first Wine’d Down Thursday of the new year will feature the sounds of Chris Lee and Trena Thompson of Red Union Blue from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Sundstrom Hill Winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch. Lee, a songwriter, has teamed up with vocalist Thompson, combining on rock, pop, folk and […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Clarinetist Eric Hoeprich returns home to perform with London Haydn Quartet

Clarinetist Eric Hoeprich — who attended Emerson Junior High and Davis High School as a teen in the late ’60s and early ’70s — returns this week for a concert at the Mondavi Center with the London Haydn Quartet. Hoeprich has returned to Davis at least twice in recent years. He was inducted into the […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Ode to a (free) haggis! Celebrate Robert Burns Night

Hoots, mon! Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, invites you to celebrate Robert Burns Night on Saturday, Jan. 25, with an evening of music, poetry and traditional fare. The restaurant will be offering traditional dishes with a Czech twist — like Scotch eggs, lamb curry, filet mignon with whisky sauce and […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty': Bittersweet lament

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Three stars Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, Sean Penn Rating: PG, for occasional crude language and mild profanity, and a bit of fantasy violence Initially overblown farce eventually exposes a sentimental underbelly By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic James Thurber’s “The […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis Odd Fellows to host first Classic Film Festival

Leading up to the annual Academy Awards presentation in Hollywood, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge invites the public to attend the inaugural Davis Classic Film Festival. Three classic films featuring legendary directors and renowned actors from Hollywood’s golden years will be presented. The films will be presented on three successive Sunday evenings — Feb. 2, […]

January 30, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Alexander String Quartet returns Sunday to Mondavi

The Alexander String Quartet returns to the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on Sunday with the second installment of this season’s concert series featuring the string quartets of early 20th century Hungarian composers Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. The 2 p.m. Sunday performance will include comments by popular lecturer, music historian and composer Robert Greenberg, who appears […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Beginning watercolor class offered

A beginning watercolor class will be taught by Joanne Andresen at the Art-Is-Davis co-op, 222 D St. in downtown Davis. The class will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15 to Feb. 12. No experience is necessary for this true beginners’ class. Instruction costs $100, with a $10 materials fee.

January 15, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Something’s Afoot’ at the Woodland Opera House

“Something’s Afoot,” the musical that spoofs murder mysteries, will open Friday, Jan. 10, at the Woodland Opera House. Combine Agatha Christie’s most ingenious murder mystery plot with a deliriously dizzy musical comedy score and what do you get? A delightful musical where the bodies pile up between songs and the young lovers don’t know whether […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free introduction to vedic chanting offered

A free introductory class for first-timers to yoga and vedic chanting will be offered from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The workshop will feature gentle yoga techniques for ease and stamina in the body, breath and voice. The class is free to all newcomers; regular […]

January 24, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free music Friday at Little Prague

Wealth of Nations will play from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Little Prague, 330 G St. Their stylings run from music to dance to — if listeners didn’t get enough dancing on New Year’s Eve – to music to relax and recover from the holiday festivities.

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Craft brewing back to the future

Duke Albrecht IV enacted the well-known and durable German (or Bavarian) beer purity law called the Reinheitsgebot in 1487; it required that beer be made only from barley (meaning barley malt), water and hops. Some brewers abide by that ancient dictum today, perhaps for marketing reasons or as an ideal guide to brewing excellence, although […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Entomologist shows his creative side with bronze stick insects

Matan Shelomi, a doctoral candidate in entomology at UC Davis, will show off the creative and artistic side of his career at a solo exhibition, “Flat Fusion Five,” from Jan. 6 through Feb. 7 at the UCD Craft Center Gallery. The exhibition includes bronze stick insects and a series of digital prints of colorful cockroaches. […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Fundraiser set for DHS Baroque Ensemble

The Davis High School Baroque Ensemble fundraiser — featuring live music, wine tasting, appetizers and a raffle — will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. This high school group of violinists, violists, cellists and a bassist is directed by Grammy-nominated Angelo Moreno. The musicians are […]

January 09, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free art exhibit open to new artists

A free art exhibit open to new artists, who have never shown in a juried exhibition, runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 15 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. This annual art show is sponsored by Northern California Arts Inc. All media are accepted — drawing, mixed media, oil, acrylic, […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,